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Experts on Tap Speakers Series Begins Oct. 30

October 26, 2017

The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene is launching its fall speaker series, Experts on Tap! The series will be held at The Innovation Den at 418 E. Lakeside Avenue in Coeur d'Alene. All speakers begin at 5:30pm. 

Our first speaker is Kristine Levan, Oct 30: "The Media's Influence on Community Relations with Law Enforcement"
As individuals are exposed to various forms of media, they form opinions on critical issues, including those related to crime and justice. Community and law enforcement interactions have been featured in the news recently, providing opportunities for dialog and engagement. This talk will highlight findings from recent interviews, providing insight on issues regarding law enforcement and community relationships. 

Our second speaker is Steve Radil, Nov 9: "Networked Geographies of the Syrian Civil War" 
New forms of political violence have emerged that have challenged the long-standing notion of war as the sole purview of the state. A plethora of non-state Violent Extremist Organizations (VEOs) have developed and thrived in different contexts around the world. The ongoing Syrian civil war, now in its seventh year, is the most recent expression this phenomena as numerous VEOs seek to establish new political arrangements out of the territory of the Syrian state. VEO-driven conflicts are characterized by a high degree of political and geographic complexity involving ever-changing transnational agendas and partnerships. This project explores both the social and spatial structure of VEOs involved in Syria using the tools of network science and geographic information science to better understand the conflict dynamics and the challenges involved in restoring peace. 

Our final speaker will be Bert Baumgaertner, Nov 15: "Disagreement: Perspectives from Philosophy to the Real-World" 
Philosophers study how experts can rationally disagree using idealized cases, such as two economists or two weather forecasters with the exact same evidence and reasoning abilities. But in most real world cases, we aren't sure whether the evidence is the same or if both parties have equal expertise. This talk will examine how well philosophical insights carry over from the idealized cases to real-world cases. 

Watch for our Experts on Tap Spring series!

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The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 12,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky Conference. Learn more at uidaho.edu